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STUDENT NAME:





Still Life’
ALRDIGE STATE HIGH SCHOOL
Visual Art Department

Essay




YEAR:

10

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UNIT:




TASK:

Essay

TEACHER:




DUE DRAFT:




DUE DATE:





TASK:

  • Complete an 800 word essay.

  • Discuss in depth the art genre known as ‘Still Life’, and in particular the artist Juan Sanchez Cotan. Describe and analyse one of his artworks, and justify why it belongs to the Still Life genre.

  • Your essay must be follow the outline specified below.

  • Ensure your essay has three quotes that are correctly referenced, a bibliography and a copy of the artwork discussed labelled with the artists name, title of the work, date, size and media.


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA





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APPRAISING:

APPRAISING

OVERALL

MARK:

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Demonstrates a depth of knowledge and understanding of artworks in contexts.

Demonstrates relevant knowledge and understanding of artworks in contexts.

Demonstrates relevant knowledge and some understanding of artworks.

Can identify artworks related to context.

Can identify artworks.

Synthesises information through analysis and interpretation to evaluate and justify.

Can analyse, interpret, evaluate and justify.

Describes and interprets and gives an opinion.

Describes and classifies artworks.

Describes artworks.

Consistently and accurately uses relevant terminology, language and referencing conventions.

Consistently uses relevant terminology, language and referencing conventions.

Uses relevant terminology, language and referencing conventions.

Occasionally uses revenant terminology and language conventions.

Uses some language conventions.



ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:


Minimum Word Length:

Paragraph:

Information Required:

75

Introduction

* General introductory comment on the painting

* Art Movement

* Very brief description of the art movement

* Artist name

* Artwork title


200

Still life Genre

* Describe the values of the Still Life genre

* What did the Still life artists aim to do

* Time period of the Still Life genre

* Country where Still life occurred

* Main Still Life artists:

* Influences on the Still life Period, and how/why they were an influence

* Ideas Still Life Valued:

* Main characteristics of Still Life painting:



200

Juan Sanchez Cotan

* Artists Name

* Born


* Died

* Country born in

* Country worked in

* Art movement the artist was linked to: the Still Life genre.

* Juan Sanchez Cotan general views on art and how he approached his work

* Describe the style and/or characteristics of work in general



200

Description, Analysis and Interpretation, and Evaluation

* Artist Name

*Artwork Title

* Date

* Media


* Size

* Short description of the selected artwork

* Explain the context of the artwork:

* Analyse the artwork to prove it is a Minimal artwork.



75

Conclusion

*Summary of the key points in the essay

* Concluding statement





Note Taking Sheet for ‘Introduction’ paragraph
General introductory comment on Still Life: ________________________________________________________
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Still Life genre
Very brief description of the art movement: _________________________________________________________
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Artist name: Juan Sanchez Cotan
Artwork title: _________________________________________________________________________________


Tip:

  • General introductory comment on Still Life’:

    • This section requires a general statement about Still life to introduce to the reader of your essay that the essay is about the values of Still Life paintings.

    • Sample comments could be:

      • Still life painting has been an important part of society since the 16th century until the present.

      • From symbols of morality to the idealised forms of the Renaissance, sculpture has continuously evolved. The nineteenth century saw great changes in the form and purpose of Still Life objects.

      • ‘Still Life’ painting reflects social ideals depicting morality, status, culture and/ or travel.

      • The development of Modernism led to the creation of contemporary still life paintings that challenged the notion of what art is.


Note Taking Sheet for ‘Still Life’ paragraph

(This paragraph must have an in-text reference)


Describe ‘Still Life’:
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What did the ‘Still Life’ aim to do?
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Time period of Still Life:
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Country where ‘Still Life’ occurred:
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Main ‘Still Life’ artists:
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Influences on the ‘Still Life’ Period, and how/why they were an influence:


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Ideas ‘Still Life’ rejected:
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Main characteristics of ‘Still Life’ art:
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Note Taking Sheet for Juan Sanchez Cotan ‘paragraph

(This paragraph must have an in-text reference)

Artists Name: Juan Sanchez Cotan
Born: ______________________________________ Died: __________________________________________
Country born in: ________________________________ Country worked in: ______________________________
Art movement the artist was linked to: Juan Sanchez Cotan

Juan Sanchez Cotan general views on art and how he approached his work: ____________________________________
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Style and/or characteristics of Juan Sanchez Cotan work in general:___________________________________________


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Note Taking Sheet for ‘Artwork’ paragraph

(This paragraph must have an in-text reference)

Artist Name: Juan Sanchez Cotan

Artwork Title: ________________________________________________________________________________


Date: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Media: ______________________________________________________________________________________


Size: ________________________________________________________________________________________
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Short description of the selected artwork:

Include:


  • Describe the actual painting:

    • E.g. What you see when you look at it

    • Sample answers:

      • The painting titled “Black Moon” is a realistic work which depicts a tall slender man walking along a dirt road. The background shows a number of mountains and a small settlement.

      • The painting titled ‘Reclining’ is a large contemporary oil painting of an elderly man leaning against a post.

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Explain the context of the artwork:

In other words:


  • Why is the artwork ‘Still Life’?

  • Find a QUOTE from your research notes that clearly explains why this artwork is ‘Still Life’.

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Analyse the artwork to prove it is a ‘Still Life’ artwork.

In other words:



  • Describe in detail the relevant elements, principles and symbolism used in the artwork and how each one helps to make the artist’s work minimal in style.

    • E.g.

      • Symbolism and imagery or lack of symbolism/ imagery

      • Elements (line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture)

      • Principles (focal point, space, variety, balance, unity, rhythm)

      • Media

      • Methods used to create the artwork

      • Display of the artwork

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Note Taking Sheet for ‘Conclusion’ paragraph

Summary of the key points in the essay:


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Concluding statement:
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Tip:

  • Your conclusion is a chance to write the main points that were discussed throughout your essay. Do not include new information in your conclusion.

  • Your ‘Concluding statement’ should be a general statement such as the following:

    • Sample statements could be:

      • ‘Still Life’ Art broadened what artists, and the general public, understood to the art and paved the way for Post-Modern works.

      • ‘Still Life’ created new sculptural works that highlighted the beauty of pure, simple forms.

      • Still Life work ‘demanded attention due to the purity of the art elements and the materials from which they were made, which had a physical power and presence and beauty in their own right (Stockley, 2000, p.215).





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